Staten Island is obviously a popular tourist location. Whether you live here full time or merely visit on occasion, you're probably familiar with the heavy traffic often present on the roads. While most drivers try their best to adhere to safety regulations and traffic laws, others appear more concerned with taking the perfect selfie or checking out billboards on the side of the road. Distracted drivers often cause serious motor vehicle collisions that result in severe injuries or, in worst cases, death.
New Yorkers love their cell phones, and some residents might admit to using their phones in inappropriate situations such as behind the wheel. Over the past few years, driving while using a cell phone has become a major cause of car accidents all across America. Cell phones lead to inattentive driving, which in turn, leads to devastating car accidents. A recent study by the National Safety Council shows the dangers of cell phone use behind the wheel. The non-profit group found that cell phone usage is under-reported in federal crash data and they wanted to give people a better understanding of the effects of driving while distracted.The study found that over 20 percent of all road wrecks can be attributed to the use of a cell phone. Cell phones require attention and cause many to become distracted drivers. In fact, cell phone usage was found to be responsible for approximately 1.2 million crashes out of a total of 5.7 million in 2013. Even just talking on the phone can make a driver four times more likely to be involved in a crash.The report also puts texting and driving in its own separate category. Two studies were used to determine how many accidents were texting related. One study found that texting behind the wheel makes it eight times more likely to be involved in an accident, whereas the other study found it 23 times more likely.
The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving has proven to be a big problem in this country. Statistics show that in 2013, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving related accidents. In the same year close to 424,000 people were injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers.
As technology develops, more and more drivers are driving while distracted. According to a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, young people are the most likely to be distracted at the time of a fatal accident. The report is based on federal data from 2012.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, just last year alone, over 3,300 people in the United States were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers. Over 420,000 people were injured in these car accidents. With April being Distracted Driving Awareness month, New York officials are starting to crack down on distracted drivers all over the state.